HERNDON, Virginia — The new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Limited Edition hatchback lets car shoppers get into the German brand's first fully electric car for the U.S. market at a lower price point, but with fewer features.
"It is on sale in the 10 ZEV states, plus Washington, D.C.," wrote Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gilles, in response to a query from Edmunds on Thursday. "And they are arriving in dealerships imminently. They are shipping as we speak."
The e-Golf Limited Edition is available at participating Volkswagen dealerships in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. ZEV stands for "zero-emissions vehicle."
The e-Golf Limited Edition starts at $34,270, including an $820 destination charge, reflecting a $1,995 price cut over the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium model.
Pricing is before any federal or state tax credits. The e-Golf is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Equipment changes on the e-Golf Limited Edition include 16-inch steel wheels in place of aluminum alloys, halogen instead of LED headlights, cloth in place of leatherette seating surfaces and deletion of the heat-pump system.
Equipment that remains unchanged from the SEL Premium model includes a standard 7.2 kW onboard charger, keyless access with push-button start, a navigation system, LED daytime running lights, automatic dual-zone climate control system, electronic parking brake and a rearview camera.
The electric car is powered by a compact electric motor and a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The 2015 Nissan Leaf starts at $29,860, including an $850 destination charge, while the 2015 Fiat 500e starts at $32,700, including a $900 destination charge. Prices are before federal or state tax credits.
Sales of electric vehicles have been sluggish this year, due to relatively low gas prices and inclement weather.
Volkswagen of America on Tuesday reported it has sold 311 e-Golfs this year. Nissan North America said it sold 2,268 Leafs so far this year, a decline of 15.3 percent compared to 2014. Fiat did not break out 500e sales in its February sales report.
Edmunds says: EV shoppers give up a few amenities on this latest version of the e-Golf, but end up with more cash in their pockets.